Launch of CyberCalifornia to be Announced at RSA Conference

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Non-profit Initiative to Promote State as Epicenter of Commercial Cybersecurity

More than ever, California stands at the forefront of new technologies based on the Internet of Things (IoT), the phenomenon of people and things (devices) connected to the Internet and communicating vast amounts of valuable data.

Yet we are also increasingly vulnerable, a fact underscored by breaches of corporations and government agencies that have impacted millions across the nation. Reports of cybercrime, data breaches, theft of proprietary information, hacking and malware incidents have become alarmingly frequent.

Toward that end, a state-wide alliance of cybersecurity leaders, companies, educators and elected officials – CyberCalifornia – has been formed. The non-profit coalition will work closely with select representatives from government, industry and academia to accelerate the state’s standing as the industry’s epicenter of commercial cybersecurity.

The announcement will be made March 1, 2016 at CyberTECH’s Cyber+IoT Bangers & Mash eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast as part of the RSA Conference 2016, the annual global cybersecurity conference, San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Feb. 29-March 4.

RSA Conference 2016: “Bangers and Mash” eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast
The Chieftain Irish Pub, 198 Fifth Street, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:30 am to 9:30 am

The connection between cybersecurity and overall economic vitality is especially robust in California, given the state’s leadership position in so many advanced sectors. These sectors are highly dependent on technical cybersecurity solutions, skilled cybersecurity professionals, and collaborative processes in cybersecurity.

Indeed, companies that lack these cybersecurity assets risk losing sensitive company and customer data, putting them on a perilous path. By contrast, businesses that proactively incorporate cybersecurity into their research, product design, and workforce development plans can gain competitive advantages.

Given the inextricable link between cybersecurity and overall economic vitality, it is crucial that businesses, universities, and other collaborative assets throughout California work together to enhance the security of the state’s digital infrastructure.

“In today’s digital age, trust is imperative,” said Ryan Gillis, Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy and Global Policy at Palo Alto Networks. “We believe that with industry, government and education leaders working together to improve defenses against advanced cyber adversaries, we can affect positive change to build back the trust in our digital infrastructure.”

Added Craig Harper, ‎Chief Technology Officer at Sysorex: “Those of us with leading roles in cyber security fully realize that we’re faced with the urgency of now.”

Spreading that compelling message – along with providing critical informational strategies and tools – is the goal of CyberCalifornia.

The mission:

CyberCalifornia will advance the goals and promote the accomplishments of the State of California’s Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the connections between cybersecurity and economic development.

CyberCalifornia will help organize public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goals of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating

California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting the state’s robust workforce development system with employers and their needs.

CyberCalifornia will collaborate with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The iHubs provide innovation platforms for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists by leveraging such assets as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories.

The action plan:

Create a standing Board of Advisors to work with the California Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the Economic Development Subcommittee.

Assist in organizing private sectors by vertical industry such as banking and finance, high technology, agricultural technology, and others. These advisory groups will encourage sector-specific cybersecurity innovation in their respective domains, in partnership with the statewide Innovation Hub (iHub) network. These groups will also publicize exemplary cybersecurity practices for industry members.

Assist in development and promotion of cybersecurity career pathways, in close partnership with the Workforce Development and Education Subcommittee and the Economic Development Subcommittee of the California Cybersecurity Task Force.

Partner with local and regional economic development organizations, including the Innovation Hubs (iHubs), economic development organizations, small business development centers, workforce investment boards, and other strategic partners, to inform California’s business community about cybersecurity needs and solutions.

Establish connections between the Cybersecurity sector and the Internet of Things sector, through such activities as conferences and media events.

About CyberCalifornia:

A non-profit coalition based in San Diego, CA, CyberCalifornia organizes public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goal of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers.

About RSA Conference 2016:

Launched in 1991, RSA Conference drives the information security agenda worldwide with annual industry events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Throughout its history, RSA Conference has consistently attracted the world’s best and brightest in the field, creating opportunities for conference attendees to learn about IT security’s most important issues.

About CyberTECH:

San Diego-based CyberTECH is a global cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) network alliance providing cybersecurity and IoT resources, strategic programs and thought-leadership events. Membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutions, government and non-profit organizations.

Contact:

Darin Andersen
CEO/Founder, CyberTECH
619-341-4086
darin@cyberhivesandiego.org

 

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Evolution of the CyberTECH Newsletter

Since August 2014, the CyberTECH Newsletter has been a great source for our members, partners, sponsors, industry experts and all other CyberTECH supporters to stay up-to-date with the latest news, trends, events and more.

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Elements of the newsletter

With the many activities and rapid growth of the CyberTECH Community, the newsletter has provided the opportunity to highlight key announcements such as office space expansions, new advisory board members, community members, industry news and trends, events, and more.

While the look and feel along with the format has changed over time, many of the key elements of the newsletter remain the same.

Header Image

This is typically the first part of the newsletter that people see. The image often aligns with the theme of the newsletter which is discussed in more detail in the introduction section. For example, the February 2016 newsletter is primarily focused on the upcoming RSA Conference hence the CyberTECH Securing the Internet of Things (SIOT) Masters event image that can be found in various places including the SIOT webpage and the event registration page.

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Introduction Section

This is the first text section of the newsletter. The introduction section is where the newsletter theme comes to life. It includes background or supporting information, why the topic matters, and how it relates to relevant CyberTECH activities or initiatives being discussed or announced. Examples of past newsletter themes include San Diego Startup Week, the Good Neighbor Event, the launch of CyberCalifornia, or the office expansion and launch of xHive co-working space.

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Industry News

The emerging technology, cybersecurity and IoT industries are constantly changing. Through information sharing and leveraging the brilliant minds of the community, we constantly strive to be a trusted resource for the latest news and trends. Some examples of industry professionals who contribute to the newsletter include Alan Watkins, Neal Leavitt, Charles “Chuck” Brooks, Jerry Gitchel, Gary Hayslip, Cleve Adams, Darin Andersen, Fer O’Neil, Chuck Benson, Don Larson, Bill Bonney, and more.

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Featured Members

The CyberTECH Members are the engine of the community. With over 50 “resident members” working from the office spaces and over 50 “non-resident members”, the CyberTECH membership includes a diverse blend of public and private entities with interests and operations across the nation. As a CyberTECH member, individuals and organizations have access to CyberTECH Incubators and Co-Working Spaces (CyberHive, iHive, xHive and nest), business development services and programs, and a distinguished network of professionals focused on fostering innovation and economic development.

The newsletter has been a great way to spotlight members, share member news and encourage other organizations to get involved.

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Upcoming Events

Having produced approximately 200 local and national events over the last 3 and a half years, the newsletter is a popular way to keep the community in the loop with previous and upcoming events.

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Sponsors

The CyberTECH sponsors are a critical part of the overall success of CyberTECH. As a non-profit organization, our success and ability to be a sustainable organization, helping to advance the adoption of cyber and emerging technologies, depends on the support and contributions of our sponsors and partners. The newsletter is an ideal platform to promote and show our appreciation for our supporters.

In additional to the dozens of organizations and individuals who have contributed to the CyberTECH Community, there are a handful of organizations who have stepped up to sponsor the monthly newsletter. These companies include Webpass, Manpower, CyberUnited and CyberCalifornia.

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So what’s new?

While there are not currently plans to alter the main elements of the newsletter (if anything, add!), we have decided to make adjustments to the overall layout and amount of information that is included in the newsletter.

At the top of the newsletter, you will notice that a table of contents section has been added. You will also see that the bulk of the news and information now lives on our blog. There are more images too!

Because we do have a great amount of information to share, we are leveraging the CyberTECH blog. We believe this will give supporters the opportunity to refer back to information, news, updates, etc. while also being able to easily scan the topics and news.

These changes have been inspired by generous feedback provided by the community, advisors and members.

We are excited about the new direction and welcome any additional feedback, suggestions, etc. If you have any thoughts, please contact us here.

We appreciate your feedback and continued support!

Randstad Technologies Joins CyberTECH as a Member and Partner

CyberTECH is excited to highlight our newest member and partner, Randstad Technologies.

Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.9 billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing organization in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.

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As a long time provider of IT outsourcing, Randstad recently joined forces with the CyberTECH community to expand its expertise in the cybersecurity and emerging technology arena.

Employing over 5,300 recruiting experts, the company is a top provider of outsourcing, staffing, consulting and projects and workforce solutions within the areas of Engineering, Finance and Accounting, Healthcare, Human Resources, IT, Legal, Manufacturing & Logistics, Office & Administration, Pharma and Sales & Marketing.

Randstad is on the cutting-edge of HR services when it comes to staying current with industry and technology trends. The company recently announced the appointment of Chief Innovation Officer, Graig Paglieri. Earlier this year, they announced the details of its first-ever digital HR showcase. You can read about other recent Randstad news here.

In addition to joining CyberTECH as a member, Randstad recently sponsored the CyberTECH Pre-RSA Bangers and Mash Security Table Breakfast. They will also participate in the CyberTECH CEO Roundtable Dinner on March 2nd during the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

With over half a million open cybersecurity jobs in the US, we believe Randstad is a perfect partner for the CyberTECH community.

Please see the below information to contact Randstad:

Kirin Quackenbush
Account Manager
Randstad Technologies
4660 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92122
T: 858.431.2184
C: 925.487.3506
F: 858.458.1830

kirin.quackenbush@randstadusa.com
www.randstadtechnologies.com

For more information on how you can participate in the CyberTECH Community, please contact us here.

Randstad Technologies

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Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.9 billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing organization in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations. Employing over 5,300 recruiting experts, the company is a top provider of outsourcing, staffing, consulting and projects and workforce solutions within the areas of Engineering, Finance and Accounting, Healthcare, Human Resources, IT, Legal, Manufacturing & Logistics, Office & Administration, Pharma and Sales & Marketing. Visit website.

Scrambling to Communicate: Privacy Policy Content for Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield

By Fer O’Neila Knowledgebase Technical Writer at a security software company and a Ph.D. student.

As the news of the demise of the Safe Harbor data sharing framework is replaced with statements regarding the completion of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield, companies are scrambling to undertake compliance. One often unnoticed — yet important — component of compliance is how companies draft the text within privacy policies to communicate conformity with the law clearly to their customers. As over four thousand U.S. companies are affected by the invalidation of Safe Harbor, updating privacy policies to communicate the changes will be a priority for many.

This post takes a brief look at the existing content companies who have included Safe Harbor in a select corpus of privacy policies. The purpose is to determine how companies addressed the communications of Safe Harbor information in their official privacy policies and likewise, what new documentation may be required for the forthcoming Privacy Shield commitments.

The data used below was taken from a larger data-mining project that examined all of the content within privacy policies and whether principles of Privacy by Design (PbD) were met. The most important principle of PbD is “to keep it user-centric.” In other words, privacy policies exist to communicate how a person’s information and data are collected, handled, and used by the companies that collect this information. The PbD framework equally applies to analyzing the content of individual sections of privacy policies, such as Safe Harbor in this post, as well as for Privacy Shield when it is available.

In brief, the data from the larger data-mining project has been adapted to analyze the privacy policies, in order to look specifically at how companies document Safe Harbor. Once the Privacy Shield requirements are published, the same methodology can be used to examine and compare the content of both.

Method of analysis

This project examined the privacy policies of the “top 10 most trusted companies” from the eponymous 2014 Ponemon Institute study because it is an established corpus and the study suggests that a poorly written and disclosed privacy policy can actually diminish trust. Because of a tie, there are twelve policies included in the list:

  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • PayPal
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Nationwide
  • USAA
  • LinkedIn
  • Apple
  • USPS (tie)
  • Intuit (tie)
  • Mozilla

I used Provalis Research’s QDA Miner data analysis software to assign and analyze the codes and coding frequencies. I assigned codes based on each privacy policy’s self-named content sections — for instance, the section “What Choices Do I Have” would be coded as the high-level category, and within each category, identified individual codes such as “Cookies” and “Email or Mail Communication Preferences”. For this post, I show the results of the code “Safe Harbor” within the category “Privacy Complaints”, along with other categories and codes for context.

Results and discussion

In total, there were 28 codes across six categories. The following is a list of the six categories and the number of codes contained in each:

  1. How Information is Used (8 codes)
  2. What Personal Information is Collected (7 codes)
  3. What Choices Do I Have (7 codes)
  4. How Information is Kept Secure (2 codes)
  5. Privacy Complaints (3 codes)
  6. Minors (1 code)

For this post, I am focusing on category five, Privacy Complaints, which includes the following three codes:

  • Safe Harbor
  • File Complaint or Dispute
  • TRUSTe

In particular, I focus on Safe Harbor and how often the “top 10 privacy policies” discuss their Safe Harbor policy, and how much of the total privacy policy content is devoted to that content (i.e., total word count).

In total, there are 479 code uses across all twelve privacy policies. The top use was within the category “How Information is Used,” which comprised the three codes most used (124, or 25% of total). In contrast, Safe Harbor only comprised 8, or 1.7% of the total.

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What does this tell us?

On the surface, the total counts can show us which categories are most important for companies to include in their privacy policies. Another factor is word count for each code section. A total of 33,798 words were used throughout all twelve privacy policies. However, only five policies included a Safe Harbor section at all (six of which were required to include this content by the U.S. Department of Commerce, but one of the policies did not include it). These five devoted only 1.9% of the privacy policy content to their Safe Harbor policy section. Further linguistic analysis of the content is needed to make an evaluation of the efficacy of this content (e.g., readability, PbD adherence, etc.), but suffice to say that from these results we can see which categories within the published policies are most important to companies.

Because the original project and data collection did not focus on the Safe Harbor section, I do not have the data to make any further inferences about the actual content within each Safe Harbor section. Further research and analysis are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of the privacy policy content to meet both compliance needs and to inform the public. However, this could be a suitable starting place as companies look to update their privacy policies with the new Privacy Shield data transfer agreement information. The same methodology and principles of design apply and we can look to see how data subject complaints are documented, how users seek redress, and most importantly how companies publish their commitments to the Privacy Shield framework to address the “robust obligations on how personal data is processed and individual rights are guaranteed.”

Conclusion, limitations, and additional resources

If a privacy policy does not explicitly discuss certain information, it is possible that the information is covered by existing laws, rules, or regulations. Consequently, we cannot determine with certainty that something missing within a policy is not covered somewhere else.

From the literature we can see what information is most important to users and, when combined with the analysis performed in this project for what information companies communicate, the most common elements are 1) what information is collected and 2) how that information is used. In order to recommend changes to privacy policies to meet the PbD framework (i.e., to be user-centric), we would need to make use of not only the PbD framework but also user testing and feedback. Hopefully, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement will encourage companies to devote more attention to creating robust and effective content in their privacy policies.

Privacy Policy, Safe Harbor, and Privacy Shield resources

Cranor, Lorrie Faith, Praveen Guduru, and Manjula Arjula. 2006. “User Interfaces for Privacy Agents.” ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 13 (2): 135–78.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield fact sheet: https://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2016/02/eu-us-privacy-shield

“Know Privacy.” 2015. Accessed August 2. http://knowprivacy.org/.

Safe Harbor Resurrected as EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: http://www.bna.com/safe-harbor-resurrected-n57982066887/?

Other research by Fer O’Neil

Fer O’Neil. 2015. Target data breach: applying user-centered design principles to data breach notifications. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 8 pages.

Fer O’Neil. 2015. Say What? Required contents of notice in data breach notifications. WeLiveSecurity http://www.welivesecurity.com/2015/02/21/required-contents-of-notice-data-breach-notification/

This post was written by Fer O’Neila Knowledgebase Technical Writer at a security software company and a Ph.D. student.

CyberTECH Intern Shares Experience and Future Plans

Tomorrow’s technology, today.

The future of technology innovation lies in the hands of our youth. Through internships, CyberTECH supports STEM education by encouraging our youth to explore science, technology, engineering and math related to cybersecurity and Internet of Things. CyberTECH interns are provided with the opportunity to make a real impact while developing technology, business, marketing and operational skills in a stimulating and innovative environment.

One of the first CyberTECH Interns was Jah’neice Mitchell, a student at e3 Civic High School. Jah’neice joined CyberTECH as a Sophomore and has been an important part of the CyberTECH organization. From planning, organizing and promoting events to managing the day-to-day operations, we are fortunate to have Jah’neice part of the CyberTECH team and community.

To get a better understanding of her experience at CyberTECH and the organization has and will continue to prepare for her next adventures, we asked Jah’neice to share her story.

How your time as a CyberTECH intern prepared you for college? Other jobs?

“CyberTECH has prepared me in multiple ways. For example, the meaningful relationships I’ve been able to develop with others. I’ve met so many people who have made a significant impact on me as a person and on my outlook on life. I’ve built relationships with professors, experts, retired and active military, and many other types of professionals.

I have also learned a lot about time management. Not only with managing school and the internship, but also with events and all of the preparation that’s required. The experience has taught me how to better manage my time – I know this will benefit me in college as well.”

How do you think your experience as a CyberTECH intern will prepare you post graduation?

“Working at CyberTECH, I had the chance to learn about marketing systems and tools that I didn’t know much about. For example, the CRM system. I have also become familiar and comfortable working in programs such as excel. 

Working at many of the events I also learned how to better organize, prepare, and execute events. From 10 person to 100+ people, I gained a great amount of experience that I’ll be able to apply going forward. 

One of my dreams is to eventually own my own business. Having worked with so many entrepreneurs and within the local startup community, I learned some of the fundamentals about starting a business.”

What was the most important lesson you learned as a CyberTECH intern?

“One of the biggest lessons I learned during my time at CyberTECH was to think things out on your own. Its okay to ask for help but its important to try and do things by yourself especially when it requires little assistance.”

How would you describe your overall experience as a CyberTECH Intern?

“Tremendous. I’ve met some exceptional people and it opened my eyes to a whole new world. It also helped to develop my confidence.”

 

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What advice can you give to other high school interns who are interested in working with CyberTECH?

“Don’t be shy and make connections – you really are surrounded by hard working people and successful people. If you have questions – ask – make as many connections as possible. Familiarize yourself with your surrounding – it’s good to know where things are.”

What are your plans post high school graduation?

” After graduation, I plan to attend a 4 year university and major in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering that way I can become a pharmaceutical toxicologist for the FDA or an engineer.

I have applied to over 20 schools and been accepted to 14 colleges thus far. I have also been offered academic scholarships from 4 of the schools I’ve been accepted to.

In March, I will find out if I received the Gates Millennium Scholarship.” 

Driven by her desire to learn, grow and make a positive impact, Jah’neice Mitchell has always demonstrated a high degree of integrity and potential to be a leader in every task and project assigned to her. We are excited for Jah’neice to start her next chapter and know she will continue to make a positive impact not only our community but any organization or project on the horizon.

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CyberTECH Launches IoT Meetup in Seattle, Washington

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This month, CyberTECH started an IoT Meetup Group in Seattle for anyone interested in the IoT including emerging technologies, security and privacy issues. All skill levels are welcome.

“We are moving toward a world of connected devices at an aggressive pace,” said CyberTECH Co-Founder, Darin Andersen. The Internet of Things, commonly referred to as the “IoT”, is the use of data by business, systems and people to make informed decisions in real time. LTE estimated 2B devices alone by year’s end 2017. We are expected to reach 4% of connections by 2015 and 10% by the end of 2018.

As we move closer to connecting every person and device in the world, our economic future will depend even more on maintaining a unified global Internet. As a result, the billions of interconnected intelligent devices will generate insurmountable amounts of data that will need to be secured. This reality will require companies of all shapes and sizes to work collaboratively to ensure efficiency and security.

“We strongly believe this is a very important topic that will continue to grow and affect each industry through what we are calling convergence,” commented Mr. Andersen.

The first Meetup is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the SURF Incubator in Seattle Washington.

Please visit the Meetup Group for additional information and to sign up.

CyberTECH Expands Co-Working Space for a Total of Over 16,000 Feet!

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CyberTECH Third Co-Working, Incubator and Startup Collaboration Space, nest, Now Open!

The Fourth Space, xHive, to Open May 15, 2016!

CyberTECH is providing a special offer to Co-Merge Members. Lease a space at nest by March 15 for 6 months and get a 7th month free! Contact us now for more information.

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This month, CyberTECH launched its 3rd co-working, incubator and startup collaboration space in San Diego, nest. Perched with amazing views overlooking downtown and the San Diego Bay, nest is 5,000 square feet of full service co-working space with a full kitchen, gym, showers, coffee bar, telephone booths, a meditation and relaxation room, and many work options.

The nest space is currently 63% leased with companies including reTech Labs, CyberUnited, Wescor, Mojo Marketing, Live Well San Diego, MaFe, LLC, Amgen Tour of California, and Strength by Ciani.

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The new co-working space is part of CyberTECH’s 16,000+ square feet network of work spaces located in the Manpower building in Bankers Hill just adjacent to downtown and Little Italy. CyberTECH’s work spaces in the Manpower Building include a coffee shop, 4 kitchens, 3 conference rooms, 2 telephone rooms, a meditation and relationship room, a gym, 2 patios, a live music and DJ stage and many other amenities.

nest has 20+ reserved and non reserved “hot” desks accessible on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. There are also numerous private offices suitable for 1 person to entire 12 person teams.  “Our CyberHive and iHive co work and incubator spaces are 100% occupied, so we are opening nest (and xHive announced late last year and currently under construction) to accommodate additional Members” says Mohammed “Mo” Rahseparian, CyberTECH’s General Manager of Operations.

Pricing for nest starts as low as $200 per month and private offices range from $600-$3000 per month. Membership to nest provides access to all of CyberTECH’s incubators.

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Approaching its fourth year, CyberTECH continues to lead the IoT and innovation community with plans to work with another 20-30 companies in 2016. With software-defined everything on the frontier, along with robotics, 3D printing, drones and other advancing technologies,

CyberTECH will launch its 4th incubator and shared workspace, xHive, on May 15, 2016 with 12 new offices. xHive will provide a collaborative environment to drive the innovation that leads to the development of advanced new technologies including devices powering the IoT, software and app development including robotics, 3D printing and drones.

According to CyberTECH Executive Director Shirley Adams, “xHive is our 5th expansion in the Manpower building in Banker’s Hill. This will increase our floor space by 40% and add new parking space options and other new member amenities.”

Additionally, xHive has partnered with SD3D to construct a highly automated medium production 3D printing studio inside the expansed facility. There will also be a new Robotics and Drone Lab and a full service coffee shop, shower facilities and a new second outdoor patio area will provide CyberTECH Members with exciting new workspace options.

Opening May 15, 2016, xHive will offer shared workspace for as little as $100/month, options for dedicated desks and/or private offices, access to conference rooms, robust connectivity, and a variety of other benefits that can be found here. Members gain priority access to mentorship and other resources including 100+ fellow cybersecurity, high tech and IoT incubator and shared workspace companies.

In addition, CyberTECH is providing a special offer to Co-Merge Members. Lease a space at nest by March 15 for 6 months and get a 7th month free! Contact us now for more information.

For additional information on working from any of the CyberTECH work spaces please contactMohammed “Mo” Rahseparian here.

CyberTECH Co-Founder Featured in Cloudmark Spear Phishing Video

Cloudmark, provider of carrier-grade messaging security and infrastructure solutions for the world’s most demanding fixed, mobile and social networks, recently produced a video panel on “The Insiders’ View – Spear Phishing and the Enterprise” where CyberTECH Co-Founder, Darin Andersen joined famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, CEO of Stealth Works, Ken Baylor, and SVP of Engineering for Cloudmark, Leon Rishniw for a discussion on Spear Phishing in the Enterprise.

“Lively and instructive, our 24-minute discussion centered on how last year’s alarming data breaches and cyber attacks have created a new  – palpable fear, really – among every-day consumers, businesses and CEOs alike,” said Mr. Andersen. “At the core of these attacks, our panel agreed, was spear phishing – the e-targeting of individuals for malicious purposes. All it takes is one curious click and the bad guys pounce.”

In the video panel discussion, Mr. Andersen discussed how “Hacking the Human” is really the point of least resistance. Historically, that’s meant all of us and our desktops, laptops, even our smart phones. Now it’s expanding to be all the things I call the wearables, the live-ables and the drive-ables.  Everything that we rely on to be more productive becomes another part of an attack vector, a footprint, that the bad guys can exploit. 

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Check out the full video here.

Pre-RSA Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash Roundtable Breakfast

In 2014, CyberTECH developed the Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash Roundtable Breakfast to bring together cyber and IoT professionals to network, hear 1-2 security presentations and have the opportunity to participate in an interactive panel discussion led by eWEEK Magazine.

The tradition began during the Black Hat Conference in 2013 when a handful of CyberTECH and industry leaders were looking for a place to have breakfast meetings, the one restaurant to accept reservations was an Irish Pub. The ad-hoc breakfast was well attended with meaningful conversations and relationships being developed. This inspired CyberTECH to evolve the breakfast into what is now the CyberTECH Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash Roundtable Breakfast with “Irish Pub style” with Bangers & Mash and other classic Irish breakfast foods.

The Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, March 1 at the Chieftain Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA during the RSA Conference.

To prepare for the upcoming breakfast, CyberTECH and Cooley, LLP partnered with the San Diego Business Journal to produce a Pre-RSA Bangers and Mash during the CyberTECH Security Table Breakfast on Friday, February 12.

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The Security Table Breakfast is the ideal setting for cybersecurity and IoT professionals to connect with members of the CyberTECH community to evaluate the current cyber landscape, and build awareness around the most relevant and hot-button issues in cybersecurity.

At this San Diego Meetup, we talked about this year’s RSA conference theme “Connect and Protect” and about the hottest Cyber, IoT and Emerging Technology Trends with regional and national peers and media.

Reo Carr, Editor of San Diego Business Journal and Bill Bonney, Principal Consulting Analyst and Information Security Executive at TechVision Research interviewed today’s leading experts about the hottest security trends at this year’s RSA conference.

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Special Guests included:

1.  Dave Titus – SVP, Cooley

2.  Gary Martino – Director of Information Security, West Health Group

3.  Scott King – CISO, Sempra

4.   Gary Hayslip, Deputy Director, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Information Technology

5.  Erik Caldwell – Economic Development Director, City of San Diego

6.  Council President Sherri Lightner – City of San Diego

7.  Jonathan Parnell – CEO, Tuliva

8.  Rusty Sailors, CEO, LP3-SecurIT

9.  Adib Nasle, CEO, Xendee

10.  Loren Stocker, 800.net (privacy expertise)

11.  Rick Moy, CEO and President, EdgeNext (former NSS Labs Founder)

12.  Steve Nye, President and CEO, CyberFlow Analytics

13.  Darin Andersen, CEO, CyberUnited

14.  Michael Linehan, Member Technical Staff, Industrial Internet Consortium

15.  Emory Roane, Juris Doctor Candidate, California Western School of Law, Co-Host, This Week in Law

16.  Joseph A. Oregon, Information Security Program Manager, IT Security/Cyber Intelligence Unit, San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC)

17.  Jauher Zaidi, Chairman & Chief Innovation Officer, Palmchip Corporation

18.  Paul Martini, CEO iboss

Event sponsors included Cooley LLP, Randstad USA, CyberUnited, SquarMilner, CyberCalifornia and our Media Sponsor San Diego Business Journal.

For more information on the March 1 Cyber+IoT Bangers and Mash eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast at the Chieftain Irish Pub in San Francisco, CA during the RSA Conference, please contact Darin Andersen.

CyberTECH Kicks Off CyberCalifornia Initiative at National Data Privacy Day Securing the Internet of Things Masters Event

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On January 28, 2016, CyberTECH, a leading cybersecurity and IoT network, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and the nation’s most distinguished privacy think tank research institution, the Ponemon Institute, hosted the “Securing the Internet of Things: Data Privacy Day 2016” event in Sacramento, California. This event addressed these privacy concerns and provided a clearer understanding of the perceptions and potential threats that will affect the collection, management and safeguarding of private information about individuals and organizations.

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It was during the morning session at the California Governor Brown’s Office that Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (calOES), Mark Ghilarducci and State of California CISO, Michele Robinson joined CyberTECH Co-Founder, Darin Andersen and other members of the Governor’s Office and Cybersecurity Task Force including Louis Stewart and Oliver Rosenbloom to announce a new California Initiative, CyberCalifornia, to promote the state as the epicenter of commercial cybersecurity.

With over 60 attendees and participants present, the group was among the first to learn how the CyberCalifornia Initiative will help further position California as a leader in cybersecurity as it relates to commerce and the Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

The mission:

CyberCalifornia will advance the goals and promote the accomplishments of the State of California’s Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the connections between cybersecurity and economic development.

CyberCalifornia will help organize public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goals of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting the state’s robust workforce development system with employers and their needs.

CyberCalifornia will collaborate with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The iHubs provide innovation platforms for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists by leveraging such assets as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories.

The action plan:

Create a standing Board of Advisors to work with the California Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the Economic Development Subcommittee.

Assist in organizing private sectors by vertical industry such as banking and finance, high technology, agricultural technology, and others. These advisory groups will encourage sector-specific cybersecurity innovation in their respective domains, in partnership with the statewide Innovation Hub (iHub) network. These groups will also publicize exemplary cybersecurity practices for industry members.

Assist in development and promotion of cybersecurity career pathways, in close partnership with the Workforce Development and Education Subcommittee and the Economic Development Subcommittee of the California Cybersecurity Task Force.

Partner with local and regional economic development organizations, including the Innovation Hubs (iHubs), economic development organizations, small business development centers, workforce investment boards, and other strategic partners, to inform California’s business community about cybersecurity needs and solutions.

Establish connections between the Cybersecurity sector and the Internet of Things sector, through such activities as conferences and media events.

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Following the announcement, eWEEK Editor, Chris Preimesberger led the interactive Cyber + IoT Bangers & Mash eWEEK Roundtable discussion. The second half of the Masters event took place at the Leland Stanford Mansion where security and privacy professionals participated in a panel on Government and Academic Initiatives related to IoT security and privacy and a panel on security, privacy and trust in IoT platforms. The day concluded with a group exercise on securing the IoT supply chain for connected devices.

An international effort to empower and educate people and organizations to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, Data Privacy Day also raises awareness about existing cybersecurity partnerships in California and help to facilitate further collaboration amongst key cybersecurity stakeholders in the Golden State. Given the inextricable link between cybersecurity and overall economic vitality, it is crucial that businesses, universities, and other collaborative assets throughout California work together to enhance the security of California’s digital infrastructure.

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For additional information or to participate in the CyberCalifornia Initiative, please visit the CyberCalifornia website.

 

Comments on Startup Week Convergence Tech Crawl

Friday night, the San Diego CyberTECH organization initiated Startup Week Convergence Tech Crawl attracting about 150 people. The space was large enough to accommodate the gathering and plenty of good food and drink present.

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CyberTECH itself  invests volunteer activities for California State’s, CyberCaliforniaprogram. We are a dedicated community and events like this one are not only fun and informative, they serve as a public relations forums to spread the news among the many participating companies including numerous incubator startups.

A number of attendees spoke in support of the participating organizations and how the combined efforts continue to make San Diego a focal point for technology. I quote a part of that linked 2015 article in support of what takes place in this region:

“As long as this level of interest continues, there is nothing to keep San Diego from expanding to a point where it could even eclipse Silicon Valley. For now, entrepreneurs and established tech companies will keep taking advantage of the many viable opportunities in this area, and tech workers can choose between a wide variety of high-paying jobs that can put their skillsets to work.”

CyberTECH’s Co Founder and CEO, Darin Andersen, asked me to present topic of 5-7 minutes for two different segments of this meeting. I chose to speak on: Leadership;  Teamwork; and Mentoring. Those three elements must always be present as strong foundations to build effective and supportive organizations.

I believe CyberTECH provides a motive force in that regard and formed its presence, being referenced as a template for other related volunteer organizations to evolve themselves.

In closing, I always think a meeting is successful when much conversation takes place. Friday night’s event succeeded on that point very well.

This blog was written by Don Larson.